A Review by Kevin Wilson
Date: November 20th, 1994
Location: Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan
Announced Attendance: 42,500
So here we are, the longest wrestling show I have ever watched. And probably one of the longest shows ever since it lasted over ten hours which is crazy. The event was officially put on by All Japan Women’s Pro Wrestling but many other promotions joined in on the fun for this joint event. There are also shoot matches and amateur wrestling matches as well and what the hell, I will review them too so all 23 matches will be represented. This will be the biggest and longest review I’ve ever done, if you read the entire thing then you are probably a crazy person. Here is the full card (really):
- Chaparita ASARI and Bomber Hikaru vs. Hiromi Yagi and Hiromi Sugo
- Midget Handicap Match: Great Little Muta and Buta Genjin vs. Tsunokake X
- AJW Junior Championship: Candy Okutsu vs. Rie Tamada
- KAORU vs. Suzuka Minami
- Kickboxing: Kumiko Maekawa vs. Sugar Miyuki
- Joshi Amateur Pro Ring Shoot: Doris Blind vs. Kyoko Hamaguchi
- Joshi Amateur Pro Ring Shoot: Anna Gomez vs. Miyu Yamamoto
- Shootboxing: Fumiko Ishimoto vs. Kaoru Ito
- Chigusa Nagayo vs. Reggie Bennett
- Shinobu Kandori and Mikiko Futagami vs. Toshiyo Yamada and Tomoko Watanabe
- UWA World Women's Tag Championship: Etsuko Mita and Mima Shimoda vs. Yasha Kurenai and Michiko Nagashima
- Legend of Memorial Fight: Jaguar Yokota and Bison Kimura vs. Lioness Asuka and Yumi Ogura
- Blizzard Yuki vs. Mariko Yoshida
- V*TOP WOMAN Tournament Round 1: Combat Toyoda vs. Yumiko Hotta
- V*TOP WOMAN Tournament Round 1: Akira Hokuto vs. Eagle Sawai
- V*TOP WOMAN Tournament Round 1: Aja Kong vs. Manami Toyota
- V*TOP WOMAN Tournament Round 1: Dynamite Kansai vs. Kyoko Inoue
- Megumi Kudo and Hikari Fukuoka vs. Takako Inoue and Cuty Suzuki
- Great Sasuke, SATO, and Shiryu vs. Super Delfin, Jinsei Shinzaki, and Gran Naniwa
- V*TOP WOMAN Tournament Semifinal: Akira Hokuto vs. Combat Toyoda
- V*TOP WOMAN Tournament Semifinal: Aja Kong vs. Dynamite Kansai
- WWF World Women's Championship: Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano
- V*TOP WOMAN Tournament Final: Aja Kong vs. Akira Hokuto
Well let’s just jump to it!
Chaparita ASARI and Bomber Hikaru vs. Hiromi Yagi and Hiromi Sugo
Yagi dropkicks Hikaru before the match starts and dropkicks her two more times, but Hikaru stays up. Sugo comes in to help and they dropkick Hikaru over, scoop slam by Sugo and Yagi hits a somersault senton for two. Hikaru gets away and tags in ASARI, and Yagi hits an armdrag. Another one by Yagi and she hits a third. Yagi tags in Sugo and Sugo hits a shoulderblock. ASARI hits a hurricanrana and she trades pin attempts with Yagi. Jumping knee by ASARI and she hits a second one. Cross armbreaker by Yagi but it is broken up, and ASARI applies a sleeper to Yagi. Yagi gets to the ropes, crossbody by Yagi but it gets a two count. Armdrag by Yagi and she applies a cross armbreaker into a short armbar, Yagi picks up ASARI but ASARI hits a crossbody for two. Cartwheel backflip dropkick by ASARI and she hits a second one. Back bodydrop by ASARI and she hits a splash for a two count. Scoop slam by ASARI and she tags in ASARI, who comes in with a diving headbutt. Hikaru puts Yagi on her shoulders and tosses her to the mat. Yagi gets away and rolls Hikaru to the mat but Hikaru gets to the ropes. Hikaru catches Yagi with a scoop slam and she tags in ASARI. ASARI goes up top but Yagi pulls her off. ASARI goes up anyway but Sugo grabs her. Yagi joins ASARI and hits an avalanche armdrag, Yagi goes up top and she hits a missile dropkick. Yagi tags in Sugo and Sugo hits a dropkick. Sugo picks up ASARI and Yagi hits a diving crossbody for a two count. Yagi picks up ASARI and hits a jumping knee in the corner. Hikaru runs in and everyone goes out of the ring instead of ASARI. ASARI goes up top and she hits a corkscrew splash down onto everyone. Back in the ring Hikaru hits an alley oop slam, ASARI goes up top and she nails a diving spinning heel kick for the three count. This was a good way to start off the show, they did some neat looking spots and ended the match before it got old. I mean they had 22 more matches coming after them, so there was no reason to go crazy. Fun and easy to watch. Score: 6.0
Great Little Muta and Buta Genjin vs. Tsunokake X
This is a midget handicap match. Muta and Tsunokake X start the match and Muta hits the space rolling elbow. Elbow drop by Muta and he tags in Genjin. Body block by Genjin and he kicks Tsunokake X in the head. Genjin tags in Muta, kicks by Tsunokake X and he hits a headbutt. Tsunokake X sets Muta on his head and spins him around and he hits a vertical suplex. Enzigieri by Muta and he delivers a kick. Muta tags in Genjin and Genjin throws Tsunokake X on the ramp. Genjin takes Muta up the ramp and puts him on a push cart. He then pushes Tsunokake X down the ramp and rolls him into the ropes. Genjin hits a scoop slam and he jumps over Tsunokake X a few times. Lariat by Genjin, he picks up Tsunokake X and tags in Muta. Muta kicks Tsunokake X in the chest and Muta kicks him again. Muta tags in Genjin and Genjin hits a lariat. Genjin throws Tsunokake X out of the ring and then rolls him back in. Genjin puts Tsunokake X on his shoulders and drops him onto the second turnbuckle. Scoop slam by Genjin, he tags in Muta and Genjin throws Muta at Tsunokake X. Irish whip by Muta and he applies a STF, getting the tap out victory. For a match that was less than five minutes, it went too long. For three minute I was amused, but then it got old. And some of the spots were botched on top of that. But it made me chuckle a few times which I guess is all you can ask for from a midget match. Score: 3.0
(c) Candy Okutsu vs. Rie Tamada
This match is for the AJW Junior Heavyweight Championship. Okutsu dropkicks Tamada repeatedly to start, Tamada falls out of the ring and Okutsu hits a plancha suicida. Back in the ring, Tamada dumps Okutsu out of the ring and she hits a plancha suicida of her own. Back in Tamada throws down Okutsu by her hair a few times. Scoop slam by Tamada and she hits a crossbody. Okutsu kicks Tamada in the face and applies a crab hold but Tamada gets out of it and hits a dropkick. Another dropkick by Tamada and this time she is the one that applies the crab hold. Tamada applies a stretch hold and she stomps on Okutsu. Dropkick by Tamada and she applies another stretch hold. Irish whip by Tamada but Okutsu hits a rebound crossbody out of the corner. Tamada comes back with two rotating crossbodies, she goes up top but Okutsu avoids the missile dropkick. Okutsu goes up but Tamada avoids her dropkick also, and Tamada hits a seated senton. Dropkick by Tamada and she hits a second one. A third dropkick by Tamada, she goes up top and hits a missile dropkick. Tamada goes up again and she hits a diving crossbody for a two count. Okutsu regains the advantage and hits a missile dropkick followed by a lariat for two. Okutsu goes up top, she hits a splash plancha but the cover only gets a two count. Okutsu picks up Tamada, she puts her on the top turnbuckle and joins her, hitting an avalanche suplex. Rolling German suplexes by Okutsu and she holds the last one for the three count victory. Okutsu is still your champion! Lots of and lots of dropkicks but they went very high energy and it’s nearly impossible to get bored during a match that doesn’t have a lot of downtime. Very smooth match but a little too repetitive for my taste. Score: 5.5
KAORU vs. Suzuka Minami
Minami and KAORU trade moves to start off and KAORU hits a seated senton. KAORU applies a surfboard and she applies a cross kneelock. Crab hold by KAORU and she applies the rocking horse. Minami rolls up KAORU and then she hits a piledriver. Minami applies a reverse chinlock and then hits a Samoan Drop for a two count. Crab hold by Minami and she hits a double underhook into a backbreaker. Lariat by Minami, she picks up KAORU but KAORU sneaks in a backslide for two. Minami knocks KAORU out of the ring and then sails out onto her with a plancha suicida through the ropes. Minami rolls KAORU back in, she goes up top and hits a jumping knee for a two count. German suplex hold by KAORU but Minami lands in the ropes. KAORU picks up Minami but Minami slaps her in the face. Minami gets on the top turnbuckle but KAORU hits her down to the floor before hitting a pescado. KAORU rolls Minami back in, scoop slam by KAORU and she hits a quebrada for a two count. She goes for a second one but Minami rolls out of the way and applies La Magistral for a two count. KAORU rolls up Minami but it gets a two as well, KAORU goes off the ropes but Minami catches her with a powerbomb. Minami picks up KAORU and hits another powerbomb. Minami picks up KAORU but KAORU hits a hurricanrana for a two count. Minami goes up top but KAORU joins her and hits an avalanche arm drag. Scoop slam by KAORU, she goes up top but Minami gets her knees up on the moonsault. Minami picks up KAORU and destroys her with a Liger Bomb, and she picks up the three count. The evil side of me likes when a finishing move is convincing, course I say that knowing that KAORU was fine. This was solid, a little slower than what we have seen so far but they still threw in the big spots when needed. But it was smartly worked and felt just the right length, a pretty good match. Score: 6.0
Kumiko Maekawa vs. Sugar Miyuki
This is a Kickboxing Match. I have no idea how to do play by play on a kickboxing match but I am still going to watch it to see if it is any good. Maekawa gets the first knockdown of the match, I am working with the assumption this is a legitimate kickboxing match as if it wasn’t I would hope they’d make it more entertaining. Maekawa controls this one for the most part and she has a size advantage on Miyuki so her kicks just have more range. That would be my knock on the match, it was a poor pairing as they are very different sizes. Maybe Miyuki is a good fighter (I have no evidence of this) but it was just a mismatch. Maekawa won the match by a unanimous decision which was the right call, but it was a boring lopsided match. Score: 2.5
Doris Blind vs. Kyoko Hamaguchi
This was billed as a Joshi Amateur Pro Ring Shoot, which I assume means that it is just a normal amateur wrestling match. At least I could find information on Doris Blind and she is a legitimate wrestler. So this is basically just real wrestling but on a professional wrestling event and I am confused on why I am watching this. I get that they were trying to have a really complete show and thus have a bit of everything, but I don’t really see how this fits in. I could understand the kickboxing, but amateur wrestling? And the match is basically them just going for takedowns, getting in the ropes, going for takedowns, getting in the ropes, etc. for four minutes. Doris Blind is cute so it wasn’t completely worthless but I am not sure what All Japan Women was thinking having this type of match on the card. I guess someone was keeping track of points as Doris Blind was declared the winner. Score: 2.0
Anna Gomez vs. Miyu Yamamoto
This was virtually the same as the last match except without the cute blond. So they get docked another .5 points on the score. I just don’t think it adds anything to the card, if I wanted to watch amateur wrestling (I don’t) then I would seek out an event with top tier amateur wrestlers in a more legitimate setting than on a Joshi event at the Tokyo Dome. Score: 1.5
Fumiko Ishimoto vs. Kaoru Ito
This is a Shootboxing Match. The good thing about this match is that they were both the exact same size so it felt like a much more competitive match. It was actually a fairly enjoyable match, they felt like amateurs but at least it was fair. They had takedowns, some big hits, and overall it wasn’t the worst way I have spent 15 minutes and the most entertaining thing on this show in a while. Score: 5.0
Chigusa Nagayo vs. Reggie Bennett
Back to professional wrestling, hooray! Bennett meets Nagayo on the ramp and punches her down before returning to the ring. Nagayo is bleeding from the head as she makes it to the ring and the match officially starts. Bennett knees Nagayo to the mat but Nagayo recovers and kicks Bennett in the head. Nagayo goes up top as Bennett rolls out of the ring and she hits a plancha suicida. Bennett slams Nagayo against the rail and returns to the ring, with Nagayo very slowly following. Nagayo kicks Bennett in the leg but Bennett throws her into the corner and hits a body avalanche. Another one by Bennett, snapmare, and she applies a reverse chinlock. Bodyscissors by Bennett and she hits a scoop slam followed by a body press for a two count. Vertical suplex by Bennett and she mushes Nagayo’s face. Nagayo punches her back and hits a headbutt. Nagayo applies a crab hold but Bennett is way too close to the ropes so she gets a break. Bennett applies an armbar and she hits a lariat, she picks up Nagayo and hits a scoop slam. Bennett goes up on the second turnbuckle and hits a diving body press for a two count. Bennett goes up top but Nagayo avoids the diving body press. Sleeper by Nagayo but Bennett muscles out of it. Sleeper by Bennett but Nagayo makes it to the ropes. Bennett drives Nagayo into the corner but Nagayo sneaks in a schoolboy for the three count! This was pretty rough, Bennett isn’t particularly good and the way the match was structured it depended on her for the offense. Nagayo basically got destroyed before getting the schoolboy victory that it looked like Bennett kicked out of. Just an oddly structured and subpar match. Score: 3.0
Shinobu Kandori and Mikiko Futagami vs. Toshiyo Yamada and Tomoko Watanabe
Futagami attacks Yamada as the match starts and suplexes her to the mat. Watanabe runs in and she dives out of the ring onto Kandori while Yamada applies a sleeper to Futagami in the ring. Yamada and Kandori circle each other and Kandori applies a sleeper but Yamada quickly gets out of it. Kandori swings Yamada around on the ramp, Watanabe runs over but Futagami catches her from behind with a face crusher. Kandori chokes Yamada on the top rope, she drags her into the ring and applies a sleeper. Yamada kicks out of it and Kandori tags in Futagami. Snap suplex by Yamada and she tags in Watanabe. Watanabe hits an elbow to Futagami and she hits a scoop slam. Elbow drop by Watanabe and she hits a pair of leg drops. Vertical suplex by Watanabe and Yamada tags in as does Kandori, Kandori knocks Yamada into the corner but Yamada boots her in the face. More kicks by Yamada and she hits a DDT. Watanabe comes off the top with an ax handle to Kandori while Yamada works the side headlock. Watanabe is tagged but Kandori arm drags her to the mat and applies a cross armbreaker. Watanabe gets into the ropes to force a break and Kandori tags in Futagami. Futagami elbows Watanabe in the arm but she gets a foot on the ropes. Futagami tags in Kandori and Kandori headbutts Watanabe. Kandori tags in Futagami and they both headbutt Watanabe before Futagami elbows Watanabe in the face for a two count. Yamada runs in and boots Futagami but Kandori charges in and lariats both of her opponents. Yamada and Watanabe recover, Yamada goes up top but Yamada hits Watanabe by accident.
Futagami picks up Watanabe, scoop slam and Futagami goes up top but Watanabe gets her knees up on the diving body press attempt. Watanabe hits a backdrop suplex on Futagami but Kandori breaks up the pin. Watanabe slams Futagami to the mat but the pin is broken up again. Kandori picks up Watanabe and she hits a tiger driver. Kandori comes in as the legal woman but Watanabe hits a hurricanrana for a two count. Yamada dropkicks Kandori but Kandori grabs her leg and applies an ankle hold. Yamada gets to the ropes but Kandori drops her with a backdrop suplex. German suplex by Yamada, she goes up top and hits a jumping kick to the head. Another kick by Yamada but Futagami runs in and hits a face crusher. Short armbar by Kandori to Yamada but Yamada gets a hand in the ropes. Kandori and Futagami pick up Yamada but Yamada hits a heel kick to Kandori. Kandori slaps on the short armbar but Watanabe breaks it up. Back up Kandori hits Watanabe and plants her with a powerbomb. Yamada goes up top but Kandori catches her as she jumps off and applies a short armbar. There is no one to save her and Yamada has to submit! This was a decent match but was just random carnage. The strikes were really strong but the structure just wasn’t there, it was almost hard to keep track of who was legal or what was going on. So to just enjoy some hard hits and quality submissions this one works, but I just wish it was a bit tighter. Score: 7.0
(c) Etsuko Mita and Mima Shimoda vs. Yasha Kurenai and Michiko Nagashima
This match is for the UWA World Women's Tag Championship. Kurenai and Nagashima attack before the match starts, with Nagashima staying in the ring with Shimoda. Shimoda throws Nagashima down by her hair and hits a back elbow before tagging in Mita. Mita does more hair tossing and tags Shimoda back in and they double team Nagashima. Shimoda applies a reverse chinlock and she tags Mita back in, Mita goes to the second turnbuckle and chokes Nagashima. Mita picks up Nagashima but Nagashima rolls away and tags in Kurenai. Mita boots Kurenai but Kurenai hits a neckbreaker and tags in Nagashima. Mita hits a lariat and tags in Shimoda, Shimoda grabs Nagashima and hits a jumping lariat of her own before applies a submission hold. Nagashima scratches Shimoda’s back and makes the tag to Kurenai. Kurenai and Shimoda trade shots, but Kurenai slams Shimoda to the mat and hits a backdrop suplex. Kurenai takes Shimoda in the corner and applies a choke of her own before dropping her with a piledriver. Shimoda is then hit with a spike piledriver but Shimoda fires back on Nagashima with a jumping lariat and tags in Mita. Club to the chest by Mita and she clubs Nagashima again. Mita want Kurenai and she gets her, and she hits her in the chest as well. Shimoda is tagged back in but Kurenai applies a cobra twist. Shimoda gets out of it but Kurenai slams her to the mat. Shimoda elbows her off, Irish whip, but Kurenai back bodydrops Shimoda out to the floor. Nagashima then goes up top and dives out onto Shimoda and Mita with a splash plancha. Shimoda is thrown back into the ring and double teamed, but Mita comes in to even the odds. Kurenai gets a stick and starts hitting people with it, but Shimoda hits a jumping lariat on Nagashima and Kurenai. Inside cradle by Kurenai to Mita but it gets a two count. Kurenai goes up top but Mita cuts her off and joins her. Kurenai throws Mita off the top turnbuckle and covers her for two. Nagashima is tagged in but Mita throws her at Kurenai, knocking both to the floor. Shimoda then dives out onto both of them with a springboard plancha before Mita sails out with a tope suicida.
Back in the ring, electric chair by Mita to Nagashima, then Shimoda dives off the top with a body press. Nagashima quickly recovers but Mita hits a Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. Shimoda is tagged in but Kurenai runs in and throws Shimoda to the mat. Nagashima picks up Shimoda but Shimoda hits a tiger suplex hold for two. Shimoda puts Nagashima on the top turnbuckle but Kurenai grabs Shimoda from behind. Mita runs in to help, Shimoda rejoins Nagashima up top and hits an avalanche double arm suplex for two. Nagashima gets away and tags in Kurenai but Shimoda catches her with a German suplex. Shimoda goes up top but Kurenai gets her feet up when she dives off. Shimoda gets the stick and hits Kurenai with it but Kurenai hits a German suplex. Kurenai suplexes Shimoda, cover, but it is broken up. Kurenai tags in Nagashima and Nagashima hits a diving body press for two. Nagashima goes off the ropes but Shimoda catches her with a boot and tags in Mita. Mita chops Nagashima in the chest, she puts her up on her shoulders but Nagashima hits a victory roll. Mita goes up top but Kurenai grabs her. Nagashima goes up with Mita and suplexes her to the mat. Scoop slam by Nagashima to Mita, Kurenai goes up top and hits a senton. Nagashima then hits her own senton, cover, but it gets a two count. Nagashima picks up Mita but Mita hits a DDT. Kurenai comes in and chokeslams Mita, Nagashima goes up top but Mita avoids the senton. Kurenai and Nagashima grabs Mita but Mita hits a German suplex on Nagashima while Shimoda hits a missile dropkick on Kurenai. Mita picks up Nagashima and plants her with a Death Valley Bomb, and she picks up the three count. This was an odd match, both teams were heels but since Mita and Shimoda were the home team they were cheered anyway. This one started slow but I enjoyed it quite a bit once they got cooking. Lots of big moves, interference and general carnage, this is one of those matches that could have at least been a co-main on a regular card but here was a mid-card afterthought. The structure was crazy all over the place but the action was generally really solid. Score: 6.5
Jaguar Yokota and Bison Kimura vs. Lioness Asuka and Yumi Ogura
All four of these wrestlers were retired and came back from retirement for this match. Yokota and Asuka start off and get right into it, with Asuka hitting a heel kick followed by a vertical suplex. Yokota comes back with a seated senton and a hurricanrana for a two count. Backdrop suplex by Asuka but Yokota cartwheels away from the lariat attempt. Kimura and Ogura are tagged in and Ogura hits a springboard crossbody. Kimura throws down Ogura by her hair and then does it a second time. Kimura puts Ogura on the top turnbuckle but Ogura hits an armdrag. Ogura grabs Kimura’s arm and springboards off the ropes with an armdrag, she then hits a suplex for a one count. Ogura tags in Asuka and Asuka elbows Kimura in the back. Scoop slam by Asuka and she applies a sleeper. Slam by Asuka and she kicks Kimura in the back. Asuka kicks Kimura some more and tags in Ogura, and Ogura stomps Kimura. Irish whip by Ogura and she kicks Kimura to the mat, but Kimura tags in Yokota. Inside cradle by Yokota but it gets two. Irish whip by Yokota and she hits a hip attack. Another one by Yokota, she picks up Ogura and hits a jackhammer for a two count. Wristlock by Yokota and she applies an arm submission. Yokota tags in Kimura and Kimura chops Ogura in the arm. Kimura picks up Ogura and throws her to the mat before applying a chinlock. Ogura gets away and tags in Asuka, Asuka gets Kimura to the mat but Kimura gets to the ropes. Kimura kicks Asuka in the stomach and applies a STF. Asuka comes back with a heel kick and she kicks Kimura into the corner. Ogura comes in and both kick Kimura, but Kimura gets away and she lariats Asuka for a two count. Yokota goes up top and hits a missile dropkick on Kimura. Kimura tags in Ogura and Ogura kicks Yokota to the mat. Irish whip by Ogura and she hits a leg lariat followed by a senton for two.
Yokota applies a double underhook and plants Ogura with a piledriver for two. She goes for another one but Ogura back bodydrops out of it. Ogura applies a cobra twist while Asuka comes in and puts Yokota in a Scorpion Deathlock. Irish whip to Yokota, Asuka grabs her and nails a powerbomb. Asuka then spins Yokota around and around and around before flinging her to the mat. She lands by her corner and tags in Kimura, Asuka grabs Kimura and gives her an airplane spin. Asuka tags in Ogura and Ogura jumps off the top but she hits Asuka by accident. Kimura chops Ogura in the chest, she puts Ogura on the top turnbuckle and hits a superplex. Cover, but it gets two. Yokota comes off the top with a sunset flip on Ogura but that gets two as well. Aztec Suplex Hold by Yokota, but Ogura kicks out. Ogura elbows Yokota off of her and hits a tiger suplex hold, but it also gets a two count. Asuka goes up top, Ogura feeds Yokota to her and Asuka tosses Yokota to the mat. Yokota avoids the diving elbow drop, Asuka picks up Yokota and hits a German suplex hold for two. Yokota picks up Asuka and nails a leg clutch suplex, but the bell rings and the match is a draw. I mentioned all of them were retired before this match, which is true, but they were all still young. This isn’t four 50 year old wrestlers, Yokota in particular still looked amazing and two of the wrestlers were still under 30 years old. After the match three of the four actually returned to wrestling at least part time and Yokota still wrestles to this day. Anyway for a ten minute draw match this was great, they knew the time limit so they were just dropping bombs. I loved what they did, I just wish it lasted longer, meant something, or had a real ending. Good stuff though from the legends. Score: 7.5
Blizzard Yuki vs. Mariko Yoshida
Yuki is Sakie Hasehawa, a popular AJW wrestler. This was her first match wrestling in a mask as Yuki, and it was a character she occasionally reprised until her retirement in 1996. Yuki and Yoshida circle to start and Yuki hits a dropkick. Irish whip by Yuki but Yoshida hits a crossbody. Yuki throws Yoshida into the corner but Yoshida hits a rebound crossbody. Cartwheel elbow by Yoshida in the corner and she hits a scoop slam. Crab hold by Yoshida and she hits an elbow drop. Yoshida throws Yuki into the corner and she hits a monkey flip followed by a roll-up for two. Octopus Hold by Yoshida and she rolls up Yuki for two. Irish whip by Yuki, reversed, but Yuki hits a headscissors followed by a jumping kick. Scoop slam by Yuki and she hits a somersault senton for two. Missile dropkick by Yuki and she hits a vertical suplex. Figure four leglock by Yuki but Yoshida eventually makes it to the ropes. Body press by Yuki and she applies a kneelock into a single leg crab hold but again Yoshida gets to the ropes. Irish whip by Yuki but Yoshida picks up Yuki and throws her to the mat. She then drops Yuki onto her knee, Yoshida picks up Yuki and hits a double arm suplex for two. Yoshida picks up Yuki but Yuki rolls up Yoshida for a two count. Irish whip by Yuki but Yoshida back bodydrops her out of the ring.
Springboard crossbody by Yoshida to the floor, she then charges the corner but Yuki moves away. Yoshida dives out onto her anyway before returning to the ring. Yoshida runs to the corner and dives out onto Yuki a third time, she then brings Yuki back into the ring and hits a backdrop suplex. Yoshida goes for a monkey flip but Yuki lands on her feet and dropkicks Yoshida out of the ring. Tope con hilo by Yuki, she brings Yoshida back into the ring and goes for a diving body press but Yoshida moves out of the way. Yoshida picks up Yuki but Yuki elbows her off. Kicks by Yuki, she goes off the ropes and goes for a face crusher but Yoshida blocks it. Vertical suplex by Yoshida and she pancakes on Yuki until Yuki gets to the ropes. Yoshida picks up Yuki and she hits a sunset flip out of the corner for two. Yoshida puts Yuki on the top turnbuckle and she hits an avalanche DDT for a two count. Yoshida goes off the ropes but Yuki kicks her back and she slams Yoshida to the mat. Yuki goes up top and hits a twisting senton for the three count. What was odd about this match is that it was Yuki’s ‘debut’ but Yoshida looked so much better. She was given more chances to shine and did a good job with it, I’d have thought this was done to put her over. Even Yuki looked mad after the match, it wasn’t “Jericho as Super Liger” bad but it was still not ideal for her. That being said I enjoyed the match, I just don’t know if it accomplished its intended purpose. Score: 6.0
Combat Toyoda (FMW) vs. Yumiko Hotta (AJW)
This match is in Round 1 of the V*TOP WOMAN Tournament. They lock knuckles but Toyoda pushes Hotta back and hits a body avalanche. Hotta kicks Toyoda in the head and kicks her again before the referee gets her back. Irish whip by Toyoda and she hits a body block. Overhead suplex by Toyoda but Hotta kicks her back and then kicks her in the back of the head. Kicks to the leg and elbows by Hotta but Toyoda returns fire and they face off again. Hotta kicks at Toyoda but Toyoda applies a side headlock on the mat. Toyoda applies a crab hold but Hotta makes it to the ropes. Hotta comes back with kicks and she hits a rolling kick in the corner. Toyoda catches Hotta’s kick and Toyoda swings Hotta around the ring by her leg. Hotta gets a hand on the ropes and Toyoda applies a figure four leglock. Hotta gets to the ropes, Irish whip by Toyoda but Hotta kicks her back. Toyoda hits a lariat, she goes for a powerbomb but Hotta back bodydrops out of it. Running kick to the head by Hotta but Toyoda avoids the heel kick. Scoop slam by Toyoda, she goes up to the top turnbuckle but Hotta is up and joins her. Hotta pushes Toyoda down so she is hanging from the top rope outside the ring, Hotta then goes out to the apron and kicks Toyoda in the chest. Toyoda finally falls to the floor, Hotta joins her and throws Toyoda onto a table. Hotta gets back into the ring with Toyoda slowly following.
Knees by Hotta, she goes up top but Toyoda avoids the diving heel kick. Hotta lands on top of Toyoda but Toyoda hits a powerslam for two. Powerbomb by Toyoda, but Hotta kicks out. She hits a second powerbomb but the cover gets two again. Toyoda goes up top and she hits a diving body press. Toyoda picks up Hotta but Hotta wiggles away so Toyoda hits a lariat. Tiger Driver by Hotta, but Toyoda kicks out. Hotta hits a second one with the same result. Hotta picks up Toyoda, she puts her onto the top turnbuckle but Toyoda elbows Hotta off. Diving elbow drop by Toyoda, cover, but Hotta gets a foot on the ropes. Toyoda picks up Hotta with one arm and powerbombs her for a two count. Toyoda goes up to the second turnbuckle but Hotta joins her and hits an avalanche cross-arm suplex. Hotta goes up top but she slips when she goes for a heel kick. Hotta kicks Toyoda in the head in frustration, she goes up again and this time she hits the diving heel kick. Hotta kicks Toyoda a few times in the head but the referee pushes her back. Hotta pushes the referee out of the way and continues her assault, Hotta argues with the referee and while her back is turned Toyoda hits a German suplex hold for the three count! This match had a lot of hard hits, it was very physical. Don’t mind the sketchy ending, just a way to protect Hotta so it didn’t look too bad she lost to a wrestler from a different promotion. There were some slower parts with crab holds and what not, but it is just round one, have to save something for later. A really hard hitting way to start the tournament but not a masterpiece by any means. Score: 6.5
Akira Hokuto (AJW) vs. Eagle Sawai (LLPW)
This match is in Round 1 of the V*TOP WOMAN Tournament. Sawai immediately kills Hokuto with a powerbomb and covers her for a two count. Lariat to the back of the head by Sawai and she throws Hokuto out of the ring. Back in the ring Sawai slams Hokuto to the mat. Hokuto goes up top but Sawai joins her and hits a chokeslam. Sawai picks up Hokuto and applies a sleeper, she picks up Hokuto and hits a double underhook backbreaker. Sawai applies a crab hold and then rolls up Hokuto for a two count. Scoop slam by Sawai, she goes up top but Hokuto avoids the reverse splash. Heel kick by Hokuto and she hits a second one. Sawai falls out of the ring, Hokuto goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a splash plancha down onto the floor. Hokuto slams Sawai into the turnbuckles, she pulls Sawai up on the top turnbuckle with her but Sawai pushes her down to the mat. Missile dropkick by Sawai, she goes up to the top turnbuckle but Hokuto gets her feet up when Sawai jumps off. Sawai spins Hokuto to the mat, she goes up to the second turnbuckle but Hokuto rolls out of the way of the senton. Hokuto hits a type of German suplex, she picks up Sawai and hits a much better German suplex hold for a two count. Hokuto goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a missile dropkick. Sawai tackles Hokuto and applies an armbar, she picks up Hokuto but Hokuto escapes the powerbomb and hits a suplex for a two count. Hokuto picks up Sawai and drops her on her head with a Northern Lights Bomb. Sawai sneaks in an inside cradle but Hokuto slides out of it and hits another Northern Lights Bomb, picking up the three count. It just felt like Sawai should have won this one, she was killing Hokuto. Hokuto got her revenge with that first NLB though, and overall it was a fun ‘little wrestler vs. big wrestler’ match. Hokuto had a legitimate issue a few times with Sawai’s size but it was at least believable, and overall it was certainly entertaining (mostly because of Sawai). Score: 7.0
Aja Kong (AJW) vs. Manami Toyota (AJW)
This match is in Round 1 of the V*TOP WOMAN Tournament. They start right off with Toyota rolling up Kong for a two count. Toyota goes up top, Kong joins her but Toyota hits a sunset flip powerbomb for another two. Toyota goes up top and she dives off, but Kong catches her and hits a suplex. Lariat by Kong in the corner and she levels Toyota for a two count. Crab hold by Kong and she stomps on Toyota’s back before applying a camel clutch. Kong picks up Toyota and Kong slams Toyota to the mat. Kong stretches Toyota over her knees and then applies a crab hold. Kong monkey flips Toyota into the turnbuckles and kicks her in the back. Vertical suplex by Kong and she clubs on Toyota in the back. Toyota springboards off the top turnbuckle with a crossbody, she jumps off the top turnbuckle but Kong kicks her in the stomach before hitting a jumping piledriver for two. Toyota dropkicks Kong back and hits a series of kicks. Kong kicks her back, Kong puts Toyota up on the top turnbuckle and hits a powerslam for a two count. Kong applies a crab hold but Toyota gets to the ropes. Kong picks up Toyota and slams her stomach-first into the turnbuckles. Body avalanche by Kong, she picks up Toyota and pulls her out onto the ramp. Kong gets Toyota on her shoulder, gets a running start and slams her onto the ramp. Kong ties up Toyota in the ropes facing the ramp, Kong jogs up the ramp and then runs back with a shoulder tackle. Kong pulls Toyota into the ring and she drops her with a piledriver. Kong grabs Toyota and hits another piledriver, hiptoss by Kong and she hits an over the shoulder slam for two.
Scoop slam by Kong, she goes up top but Toyota recovers and kicks Kong off the top turnbuckle to the floor. Toyota then gets a running start in the ring and hits a springboard plancha suicida down onto Kong. Toyota quickly goes up top again and she hits a missile dropkick to the floor. Toyota puts Kong on a table, she goes up top and hits a plancha suicida down onto her, breaking the table. Toyota rolls Kong back in the ring, scoop slam by Toyota and she delivers a moonsault for a two count. Toyota blocks a Uraken and she hits the Japanese Ocean Suplex for two. Toyota picks up Kong but Kong drives her back into a corner. Release German suplex by Kong and she nails a powerbomb for two. Kong slams Toyota in front of the corner, she goes up to the second turnbuckle and hits a diving body press for a two count. Kong goes up top again but Toyota has recovered and joins her. Toyota obliterates Kong with the Victory Star Drop, cover, but Kong gets a shoulder up. Toyota stomps on Kong and she hits a scoop slam. Toyota goes for a moonsault but Kong gets her feet up. Kong picks up Toyota and puts her on the top turnbuckle, but Toyota pushes her off. Missile dropkick by Toyota, cover, but it gets a two count. Toyota goes up to the top turnbuckle but Kong sits down on Toyota for a two. Kong goes for a suplex but Toyota lands on her feet. Uraken by Kong, she picks up Toyota and she nails a vertical drop Falcon Arrow, picking up the three count. I think it almost goes without saying that this match was awesome. They were just throwing bombs at each other and they are two of the best Joshi wrestlers… ever just going all out. The time just flew as both wrestlers had close near falls and they told a good monster/high flyer clash. My only complaint is that long term selling was pretty much out the window, not all the ‘big moves” were sold as more than just standard scoop slams. But for a battle like this that is so exciting and fun to watch that is almost a small note, everything else was done perfectly. Score: 9.0
Dynamite Kansai (JWP) vs. Kyoko Inoue (AJW)
This match is in Round 1 of the V*TOP WOMAN Tournament. They trade strikes to start and Kansai knocks Inoue to the mat. Kansai lariats Inoue onto the ramp, she goes out there but Inoue hits a springboard elbow off the ropes. Inoue grabs Kansai and applies the airplane spin out on the ramp. Inoue brings Kansai back in the ring but Kansai hit a heel kick. Reverse chinlock by Kansai, she ties up Inoue in the ropes and kicks her in the chest repeatedly. Scoop slam by Kansai and she hits an elbow drop for two. Kansai goes back to the chinlock but Inoue gets a hand on the ropes. Inoue knocks Kansai to the mat but Kansai gets a short armbar applied. Back up, Irish whip by Kansai but Inoue hits a springboard back splash. Inoue puts Kansai in the Romero Special, she releases the hold and then puts Kansai in a modified Indian Deathlock. Kansai hits a leg sweep before applying a Scorpion Deathlock. Inoue gets into the ropes but Kansai applies a STF. Irish whip by Kansai to the corner and she hits a lariat. Another lariat by Kansai, cover, but it gets a two count. Irish whip by Kansai but Inoue hits a lariat. Scoop slam by Inoue and she hits an elbow drop off the top turnbuckle. Inoue picks up Kansai but Kansai drives Inoue back into the corner and kicks Inoue in the chest. Inoue goes out to the apron but Kansai lariats her and she goes down to the floor. Kansai joins her, she picks up Inoue but Inoue gets away and throws Kansai into the guard rail. Kansai fires back with a lariat, they get back in the ring and Inoue hits a missile dropkick for a two count. Inoue picks up Kansai but Kansai hits a trio of head kicks.
Kansai picks up Inoue but Inoue drives her back into the corner. Thrust kick by Kansai and she levels Inoue with a lariat for a two count. Kansai picks up Inoue and she delivers Splash Mountain, but Inoue gets a shoulder up. Kansai puts Inoue on the top turnbuckle, she joins her but Inoue elbows her off and hits an elbow strike for a two count. Inoue hits a rolling headscissors for a two count, Kansai comes back with a Northern Lights Suplex also for two. Kansai goes up top but Inoue joins her and hits an avalanche belly to belly suplex for two. Inoue picks up Kansai and plants her with the Niagara Driver, but Kansai gets a shoulder up. Inoue picks up Kansai and goes for another one but Kansai gets away and hits a leg sweep. Kansai and Inoue trade strikes as they get up, and Inoue hits a lariat. Inoue goes up to the top turnbuckle but Kansai recovers and kicks Inoue in the leg. Kansai then joins Inoue and she nails the avalanche Splash Mountain for the three count! This was a step down from the last match (obviously) but still good. They wasted a bit more time at the beginning than I would have preferred, this match had a lot of submission holds that went nowhere and that we knew were going nowhere. There wouldn't have been any harm in shaving five minutes off and focused on strikes and the more meaningful submissions later in the match. But aside from it being a little slow at time it was well worked, not as stiff as the last match but there were still some good shots here and their bigger moves all looked really good. Entertaining but not earth shattering. Score: 6.5
Megumi Kudo and Hikari Fukuoka vs. Takako Inoue and Cuty Suzuki
As our first time killer before the rest of the tournament continues, we get four of the more attractive women all in the same match which wasn't an accident. Kudo and Fukuoka attack to start the match (although not in a very coordinated fashion),
with Kudo throwing Suzuki in the corner and hitting a hip attack. Fukuoka follows with a space rolling elbow and Kudo jumps off the top turnbuckle with a body press. Inoue accidentally dropkicks Suzuki as the AJW/JWP team is off to a bad start, Fukuoka goes up top the top turnbuckles and dives out of the ring into Suzuki. Things settle down with Fukuoka and Suzuki in the ring and Fukuoka tags in Kudo. Suzuki and Kudo go into a Test of Strength until Suzuki hits a face buster and tags in Inoue. Piledriver by Inoue, she picks up Kudo and ties her up in the ropes, Inoue brings Kudo out on the ramp and parades her around before hitting a tombstone piledriver. Inoue brings Kudo back to the ring and applies a reverse chinlock before tagging in Suzuki. DDT of sorts by Suzuki and she pulls back on Suzuki's hair. Suzuki throws Kudo around by her hair and slams her to the mat for a two count. Suzuki tags in Inoue but Kudo hits a jumping lariat. Camel clutch by Kudo which Inoue is enjoying a bit too much and she wraps up Inoue in the ropes. Slap by Kudo and she tags in Fukuoka. Missile dropkick by Fukuoka, cover, but Inoue kicks out. Fukuoka kicks Inoue in the back but Inoue comes back with a series of punches/slaps. Double underhook by Inoue and she hits a suplex for a two count. Inoue tags in Suzuki and Suzuki hits a hip attack for two. Suzuki tags in Inoue, Inoue picks up Fukuoka and Suzuki dives off the top with an attack to Fukuoka. Inoue and Suzuki both DDT Fukuoka, Inoue picks her up but Fukuoka flips away and rolls Inoue around the ring.
Fukuoka scoop slams Inoue, she goes up top and delivers a moonsault for a two count. Fukuoka tags in Kudo but Inoue chokeslams her and she tags in Suzuki. Diving footstomp by Suzuki, cover, but it gets two. Dragon suplex by Suzuki to Kudo, but the cover is broken up. Kudo hits a cutter on Suzuki and she tags in Fukuoka. Powerbomb by Fukuoka to Suzuki but Inoue breaks it up. Fukuoka picks up Suzuki but Suzuki hits a German suplex hold for two. Inoue puts Fukuoka on her shoulders but Fukuoka ducks Suzuki's dive off the top turnbuckle. Fukuoka rolls up Inoue for a two count and she tags in Kudo. Inoue grabs Kudo and Suzuki flies in the ring with a missile dropkick. Suplex by Inoue, she goes up to the top turnbuckle but Fukuoka grabs her, giving Suzuki time to join her. Inoue hits a chokeslam off the second turnbuckle, but it only gets two. Inoue goes back up top again and she hits a jumping knee. Inoue and Suzuki go up top , Suzuki dives out of the ring onto Fukuoka while Inoue dives into the ring, but Kudo avoids her and hits a fisherman suplex for two. Kudo picks up Inoue and applies a modified dragon sleeper but Suzuki breaks it up. Suzuki kicks Inoue by accident and Kudo hits a tiger suplex hold for a two count. Kudo picks up Inoue but Suzuki dives in with a missile dropkick. Inoue goes up top and knees Kudo in the back of the head for a two count. Inoue gets Kudo up but Kudo hits a roll-up for two. Kudo applies the sleeper but Inoue quickly gets into the ropes. Kudo picks up Inoue and she drills her with a Tiger Driver '91. Kudo picks up Inoue and this time hits a Tiger Driver, she picks her up again and finishers her off with a final Tiger Driver for the three count. As I mentioned this was the 'idol' match on the card but these beautiful women don't rest on their looks, they are all really good wrestlers as well. Kudo was just killing Inoue at the end, I guess if you are going to go you may as well go all out and they were flying all over the place during this match. Just a fun chaotic match and it worked well as something different amongst the tournament matches. Score: 7.0
Great Sasuke, SATO, and Shiryu vs. Super Delfin, Jinsei Shinzaki, and Gran Naniwa
Shinzaki and SATO start the match and they bounce off each other. Shinzaki slams SATO to the mat but SATO hits arm armdrag. If I do play by play for this match I am going to go insane so forgive me if I skip some action here and there. Sasuke and Delfin are the next two in and Delfin hits a dropkick. Body avalanche by Delfin in the corner and he kicks Sasuke in the head. Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker by Delfin as Sasuke falls out to the ramp, but Delfin doesn’t do a dive. It is Naniwa and Shiryu’s turn next and Shiryu hits an armdrag. Face crusher by Naniwa and he does the crab walk but Shiryu shakes the ropes. SATO comes in with Delfin and SATO hits an armdrag. Headscissors by Delfin and Shinzaki is tagged in along with Sasuke. Sasuke spin kicks Shinzaki out of the ring but he also stops before doing a dive. Lots of teasing so far. Shinzaki grabs Sasuke’s arm and he walks the ropes all the way around before jumping down onto Sasuke with a chop. Shiryu comes in next and he hits an armdrag. Delfin and Naniwa come in and they do The Hop. Shiryu dropkicks Delfin out of the ring, and SATO comes in the ring with Naniwa. After more multi-man shenanigans Naniwa is in the ring with Shiryu and Shiryu is chopped against the ropes. Naniwa spins Shiryu around but he makes himself dizzy in the process, Shinzaki comes in the ring with Delfin and they hit an assisted dropkick on Shiryu. Naniwa applies a chinlock to Shiryu, then Shinzaki comes in and applies one as well. Shinzaki dropkicks Shiryu and tags in Delfin. Delfin stops Shiryu from tagging out and he kicks Shiryu low. Scorpion Deathlock by Delfin and he hits a series of armbreakers. SATO runs in but Naniwa gives Delfin his arm and he does the same thing. He tries it with Sasuke but Sasuke gives Delfin Naniwa’s arm and he doesn’t notice he is hurting his partner.
Everyone but Naniwa is having a good time until Shinzaki lets Delfin know he is hurting Naniwa. Naniwa runs up the ramp but he trips and falls. Delfin catches up to him and gives him a hug and a kiss, so all is forgiven and they return to the match. Naniwa and Delfin clean house until Delfin accidentally hits Naniwa. SATO dropkicks Delfin out of the ring, he goes off the ropes but Naniwa trips him from the floor. Shiryu hits a crossbody on Shinzaki in the ring but Shinzaki hits a side slam for a two count. Delfin and Shinzaki slam Shiryu to the mat and apply a dual submission hold, Sasuke and SATO come in to twist some legs, and Naniwa dances around the ring. Naniwa is cracking me up in this match. Everyone gets back up, hurricanranas by team Sasuke but they all get a two count. Shiryu dropkicks Shinzaki out of the ring and he hits a plancha out of the ring. Naniwa goes up top and he hits a plancha onto Shiryu, then SATO goes to the ropes and hits a senton atomico on Naniwa. Plancha suicida by Delfin, then Sasuke hits an Asai Moonsault, killing Delfin on the guardrail in the process. Finally we have Shinzaki sailing out of the ring with a pescado, as Delfin and Shiryu manage to get back in the ring. Delfin hits Shiryu and hits a tornado DDT, he puts Shiryu in Delfin Clutch but SATO breaks it up. Shinzaki comes in but Delfin and Shinzaki are dropkicked out of the ring and Shiryu and SATO hit stereo dives out onto them. Naniwa and Sasuke get in the ring and Sasuke hits a moonsault off the ropes for a two count. Thunder Fire Powerbomb by Sasuke, and he picks up the three count! I love these guys. Naniwa owned this match with his antics, most the other wrestlers blurred into one but you couldn’t forget Naniwa. It took too long to get going, for a 20 minute match most of it was just tagging out and random wrestlers doing random offense, but everything was really smooth. I’ve seen matches like these a hundred times, no new ground was broken but it had some nifty high spots and Naniwa is classic. Definitely a fun match. Score: 7.5
Akira Hokuto (AJW) vs. Combat Toyoda (FMW)
This match is a V*TOP WOMAN Tournament Semifinal Match. They trade strikes to start and Hokuto hits a heel kick. Toyoda rolls out to the apron but Hokuto hits a handstand kick to send her to the floor. Hokuto then goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a tope con hilo off the top turnbuckle. She gets back in the ring with Toyoda slowly follows back in but hits Hokuto with a series of dropkicks. Toyoda grab Hokuto, gets her on her shoulder and hits a chokeslam for a two count. Toyoda puts Hokuto on the top turnbuckle, she joins her but Hokuto slides down her back and rolls her to the mat for a two count. Northern Lights Suplex by Hokuto, but it gets a two count. Hokuto grabs Toyoda but Toyoda elbows her and hits a military press over the top rope to the floor. Toyoda goes out of the ring with her and she tosses a table into the ring. Toyoda waits for Hokuto to recover, Hokuto gets back in the ring and Toyoda throws the table at her head. Toyoda sets up the table and she powerbombs Hokuto onto the mat. Toyoda puts Hokuto on the table, she goes up top but Hokuto avoids the diving guillotine drop attempt. This hurts Toyoda's leg, Hokuto grabs her and hits a Northern Lights Bomb for the three count. This was short but to the point, Toyoda is better than she gets credit for as she plays the monster so well but for tournament purposes Hokuto had to win here. The end was a bit of a cop-out which we've seen once before but that is inevitable in inter-promotional matches. Some stiff hits but not enough action to get excited about. Score: 5.5
Aja Kong (AJW) vs. Dynamite Kansai (JWP)
This match is a V*TOP WOMAN Tournament Semifinal Match. Uraken by Kong right off the bat, Kansai slowly recovers and both wrestlers lariat each other. Kicks by Kong to the back, Irish whip but Kansai kicks her back and hits a lariat for two. Scorpion Deathlock by Kansai and she kicks Kong repeatedly in the leg. Knee drop to the leg by Kansai and she applies a cross kneelock. Short armbar by Kansai but Kong gets out of it so Kansai goes for a cross armbreaker. Leg sweep by Kansai and she applies a facelock followed by a piledriver. Cover, but it gets a two. Kansai applies a dragon sleeper but Kong knees out of it. Armbar by Kong and she kicks Kansai in the chest. Kong picks up Kansai and she hits a scoop slam before hitting a diving body press off the second turnbuckle. Kong clubs Kansai and she rams Kansai stomach-first into the corner. Kansai recovers, she knocks Kong back but Kong gets her knees up when Kansai dives off. Backdrop suplex by Kong, cover, but it gets a two count. Kong drops Kansai hard with a second one but she gets another two. A third headdroppingly wonderful backdrop suplex by Kong but Kansai won't stay down. Kong does up to the top turnbuckle but Kansai pops up and joins her. Kong knocks Kansai back to the mat but Kansai avoids the diving elbow drop. Kansai kicks Kong to the mat, she picks up Kong and she hits Splash Mountain for a two count. Kansai charges Kong but Kong plants her with a Uraken. The referee counts for Kansai but Kansai makes it up and drops Kong to the mat for two. Kansai climbs up top but Kong joins her and slams Kansai down to the mat. Kong goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a diving elbow drop for two. She goes up again and this time she hits a killer double footstomp. Cover, but Kansai barely gets a shoulder up. Kong picks up Kansai but Kansai hits a leg sweep. Kicks to the face by Kansai but Kong hits a series of Urakens. Cover, but Kansai gets a shoulder up. Another Uraken by Kong and this time she gets the three count. I loved this match. I love Kong for starters, she is just brutal in all the right ways, and Kansai was apparently up for taking anything which helped her look strong in defeat. I don't mind the early submissions even though they didn't lead to anything since that would be a smart way to try to wear down a larger opponent as neither of these two are high flyers. The strikes were on point and the match felt like it went just the right amount of time considering the level of stiffness. Another must-see match on this card. Score: 8.5
(c) Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano
This match is for the WWF World Women's Championship.
They tie-up to start, Nakano pushes Blayze into the ropes and gives a clean break. Kicks by Blayze but Nakano catches one and Blayze lands on the mat. Nakano flings Blayze to the mat a few times by her hair and chokes her. Lariat by Nakano but the cover gets two. Nakano applies an elevated kneelock and she applies a stretch hold. Irish whip by Nakano to the corner but Blayze flips out to the apron and snaps Nakano's neck over the top rope. Blayze climbs up top but Nakano grabs her and throws Blayze to the mat. Piledriver by Nakano, cover, but Blayze is too close to the ropes. Boot by Nakano, she picks up Blayze and applies a reverse chinlock. Nakano picks up Blayze and hits a vertical suplex for a two count. Sleeper by Nakano but Blayze gets a foot on the ropes. Scoop slam by Nakano but Blayze goes off the ropes and hits a trio of neck drops for a two count. Blayze picks up Nakano but Nakano hits an Alabama Slam. Scorpion Crosslock by Nakano, she grabs Blayze into the corner and chokes her while sitting on the top turnbuckle before hitting a face crusher for two. DDT by Nakano, she picks up Blayze and hits an elevated DDT for another two. Nakano goes up to the top turnbuckle but Blayze has recovered and joins her. Nakano pushes Blayze back down but Blayze avoids the guillotine leg drop. German suplex hold by Blayze but it gets a two count. Blayze goes for a rebound kick but mostly slips, kicks to the chest by Blayze and she hits a standing moonsault for two. Reverse DDT by Nakano, she picks up Blayze and drops her near the corner. Scoop slam by Nakano, she goes up to the top turnbuckle and nails the guillotine leg drop for the three count. Nakano is your new champion! This was disappointing on a few different levels. First of all I love Nakano so seeing her stuck with Blayze on such a big card was disappointing in of itself, the more women's wrestling I watch from the 90s the more I realize that Blayze on a global stage just wasn't that good. This match was also worked at a really slow pace and there was no sense of urgency or importance for a title match and co-main event. It wasn't stiff like the last few matches and it didn't have a lot going for it, it didn't help it followed Kong/Kansai but it wouldn't have been entertaining on any stage. This was actually one of the worst singles matches on the card, there was more bad than good and so much potential was left on the table. Score: 3.5
Aja Kong (AJW) vs. Akira Hokuto (AJW)
This match is the V*TOP WOMAN Tournament Finals. They trade slaps to start and then shake hands, quick German suplex by Hokuto but Kong catches the heel kick and suplexes Hokuto. Irish whip by Kong to the corner and she hits a lariat. Scoop slam by Kong and she applies a sleeper. Kong chokes Hokuto and she hits an elbow drop. Back to the sleeper by Kong, she gets Hokuto on her shoulders and drops her neck-first on the top rope. Kicks by Kong and she hits a vertical suplex for two. She goes for another one but Hokuto blocks it and applies a short armbar. Back up they trade slaps and Kong drops Hokuto with a piledriver for two. Cross kneelock by Kong and she puts Hokuto in a crab hold. Facelock by Kong, she picks up Hokuto and kicks her leg in the ropes. Back to the single leg crab hold by Kong until Hokuto gets to the ropes. Kong drops Hokuto out of the ring, Kong goes for a plancha suicida but Hokuto moves out of the way. Hokuto then goes up top and lands on Kong with a tope con giro, and in the process of all of this Kong injured her leg. The referee tends to her injured knee and she gets taped up while Hokuto waits in the ring. I guess the referee didn't want the tournament final to end on a countout. Kong gets back on the apron but Hokuto promptly kicks her back out to the floor. Kong finally makes it back in and Hokuto applies a kneelock, but Kong makes it to the ropes. Scorpion Deathlock by Hokuto but Kong gets to the ropes. Hokuto continues working over Kong's leg before hitting a Northern Lights Bomb. A second Northern Lights Bomb by Hokuto, cover, but Kong kicks out at two.
Hokuto picks up Kong but Kong hits a Uraken to knock Hokuto to the mat. Kong gingerly gets up, she picks up Hokuto and she hits a Northern Lights Bomb of her own for two. Kong goes up to the second turnbuckle but Hokuto avoids the body press. Kong rolls out to the ramp but eventually makes it back to the ring, Hokuto goes up top and hits a missile dropkick. She goes for another one but Kong kicks her on the way down. Kong puts Hokuto on the top turnbuckle, but Hokuto hits an avalanche chokeslam for two. Hokuto picks up Kong and she hits a Northern Lights Suplex for two before applying a cross kneelock, but Kong is too close to the ropes. Uraken by Kong, she picks up Hokuto and she hits a backdrop suplex for a two count. Kong picks up Hokuto and nails a Uraken, but Hokuto kicks out of the cover. Roll-up by Hokuto but Kong is too close to the ropes and grabs them. Northern Lights Bomb by Hokuto, she picks up Kong and she hits a second. One final Northern Lights Bomb by Hokuto, and she picks up the three count. Hokuto wins the tournament! This was a very smartly worked match and on a normal night on a normal card this would have been more memorable. But the fact of the matter is that after ten hours the wrestlers were exhausted, the crowd was exhausted (and half gone by now), and I was exhausted. Adding in the injury to Kong's leg worked as it added some drama, and Kong did a good job selling it throughout the match. Hokuto spammed her NLB hard but it is Kong so it wasn't a big deal. I definitely enjoyed the match, just on this card it had a lot of stiff competition so it won't go down as a classic like it could have. Score: 8.0
Well there you have it, a really long review for a really long event. As far as I know this is the longest single-day event in pro wrestling history, as with the full production it lasted ten hours. I would never ever recommend this to someone that is not familiar with Joshi, it is just too much to handle as there are some dull sections that would likely burn out new fans. With that being said this was an epic show with some legitimately great matches. Having Aja Kong in three matches was a good move as she is fantastic in just about every way, and the tournament in general really delivered. Add in the cute girl match, the legend's match, and the Michinoku Pro match and there was a lot to enjoy here. You can safely skip the first half of the event and not miss anything critical, but there are decent matches spread throughout and overall I can definitely give this one a high recommendation.
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